Mike Rowe cashes in on Microsoft fight
The Victoria area teen who took on Microsoft in a fight over his domain name mikerowesoft.com is set to make thousands of dollars on eBay.
- LINK: mikerowesoft.com
Now Rowe has put his 25 pages of correspondence with Microsoft's lawyers up for auction on eBay.
As of 10 a.m. PT Friday, there were 98 bids for the material, with the bidding up to $33,000 with nearly a week to go.
- LINK: eBay's Mike Rowe item
Microsoft had told him he had to remove the site from the web and offered to reimburse him $10 for the cost of registering the domain name, but he refused.
Instead he asked for $10,000.
Microsoft lawyers then fired back a 25-page letter and an inch-thick document outlining their case to the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva.
- FROM JAN. 23, 2004: Microsoft and mikerowesoft.com come to terms
The company later softened its position, after the domain fight drew world wide attention.
It agreed to pay any expenses the high school student incurred during the process, provide him with Microsoft certification training, and give him an X-box video game system.